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Virginia – Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington National Cemetery

A visit to Arlington National Cemetery can be moving and memorable, if your kids are old enough to appreciate what they are seeing. Arlington is just one of over a hundred national cemeteries in the United States, but it is certainly the most well-known.

I confess that before this trip, I was completely unaware of the ties of this piece of land to George Washington and Robert E. Lee. We had already learned during our visit to Mount Vernon earlier that day that George Washington had no biological children and had adopted the children from Martha Washington’s first marriage. […]

Virginia – Mount Vernon

Back side of Mount Vernon

Mount Vernon, the home of George Washington, is one of the most visited estates in the U.S. It is ideally situated with a peaceful view of the Potomac River, and there is so much to see and do that it would be worthy of visiting even if it didn’t belong to the first president of our country.

Because there are many other people who also want to see and do the same things, it is essential to have a plan. The Orientation Center has a display titled “Plan Your Visit,” but I would recommend having a plan before you […]

Virginia – 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

Pentagon 9-11 Memorial

Washington, D.C. has a lot of memorials. Tourists with a limited amount of time need to pick and choose which ones they really want to see. I’m glad we decided to include the 9/11 Memorial at the Pentagon in our plans. One of the DC Area’s newer memorials, it was designed to provide a thought-provoking experience while reflecting on the events of Sept. 11, 2001. The memorial was designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman of the architectural firm of Kaseman Beckman Advanced Strategies and was opened to the public on Sept. 11, 2008.

Rather than a single large […]